CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz – Parents of the minors who served as witnesses of the qualified human trafficking case against the arrested militant leaders in Bacolod city reported to La Carlota Police Office that their children were threatened by the CPP-NPA Terrorist.

According to La Carlota City-PNP, Joemar Tano, a resident of Sitio Carolina, Barangay 2, La Carlota City appeared before the said police office in the morning of February 25, 2020 complaining that the CPP-NPA is threatening their son whose name is withheld for security reasons. It was stated in the blotter report that his wife Maribel was approached and informed by a certain Jemon Sandahan that their son was in the ‘shoot to kill’ order of the group under the leadership of Leonardo Panaligan Command of the NPA.

On February 27, another parent of one of the witnesses also filed the same report to La Carlota City Police Office. According to Alfredo Diaz of Bangga Selos, Barangay La Granja of the said city, he was informed by Tano’s wife that his son (Name is also withheld for security reasons) is also included in the ‘shoot to kill’ order of the NPA.

Threatening the witnesses is like admitting the fact that those arrested militants are affiliated with the armed group, and they really are into illegal activities like recruiting and training of minors to become NPA fighters, said CPT Cenon Pancito III, Spokesman of the RTF-ELCAC 6.

“Innocent defendants do not threaten witnesses for they believe in fair judicial proceedings. They strongly believe in the power of truth since only truth can set them free. Now, why threaten the witnesses if you really are innocent? Threatening unarmed and defenseless witnesses is a cowardly act of criminals like you. Your arrested allies can’t conceal the truth any longer, hence, you are resorting to this devious and desperate move to prevent the witnesses from telling the truth,” CPT Pancito stressed.

Pancito called on the Negrenses to defend the truth and stand against these communist-terrorists who are true human traffickers and human rights violators in Negros. “Let us protect the witnesses of the NPA’s terroristic activities. Let us protect our children against these child traffickers. Stay vigilant and report their movement and whereabouts to your security forces to prevent them from harassing other witnesses and from casting more terror,” Pancito further said.

The two witnesses were among the minors who are in the group of militants when the Peace, Law Enforcement and Development Support (PLEDS) Cluster of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict 6 (RTF-ELCAC 6)   conducted simultaneous search and seizure operation in Bacolod city last October 2019 that resulted to the arrest of their leaders.